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To all of our friends in the Philippines who've been hit by the typhoon

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by BBW, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    I know we have had members from the Philippines and I'm not sure if they're still active here or not...but I know my heart, as well as other people's hearts, go out to all who have been devastated by the typhoon, so I offer this as a very small token to our friends and their families there. I'm sure we all will do what we can to help.
     
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  2. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
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  3. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

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    Jun 8, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Thanks, BB. I am extremely lucky my family back home is well away from where the storm hit hardest, but I have a few friends I have yet to hear from. My brother-in-law's family is in a province hit by a major earthquake just a few weeks ago, and now this. My facebook wall is a little depressing right now, but slowly slowly news is trickling in, and a few inspiring stories have come up. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that we are grateful for the thoughts and prayers and whatever help comes our way.

    We (and our famous smiles) will survive.
     
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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the views (and stories) are heart-wrenching. I'm sending healing vies from here......I hope they do some good.
     
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  5. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    I saw a man on the news last night that lost his wife to the typhoon . He said she was a good wife and then he said he was useless .
    You are not useless my friend.
    My thoughts are with you all. X


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
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  6. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Dennis
    My brother's wife is in Plaridel on Mindanao.
    No news yet but it appears that they were slightly south of the storm's eye.
     
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  7. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
  8. xdayv

    xdayv SC Veteran

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    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    Thank you all for all the support and prayers.... my heart is broken to see the people who have lost their loved ones and their properties.

    Just got back after 6 days of vitually no sleep, scarce food, limited potable water, and dealing with near life and death situations:
    http://www.xdayv.com/typhoon-yolanda-haiyan-in-tacloban-city/
     
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  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    As I wrote over on the xspot, Dave - thank you so much for your written story and your very moving photographs. Thank goodness you are safe. Please let us know as you update your site. I'll be keeping my eyes on this thread and it's sister thread on Fujixspot.
     
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  10. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

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    Jun 8, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Glad to hear back from you, Dave. As BB said, if you can, please continue to keep us updated.

    And what did i say about our smile? Immediately after the storm, there it is in one of Dave's photos. :biggrin:
     
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  11. xdayv

    xdayv SC Veteran

    256
    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    Thank you All.

    Really, very devastating. We lost almost everything. The only consolation we have right now is our whole family and relatives are safe. I pity those friends of mine who have lost their loved ones.

    Keep praying, the situation on the ground is improving but ever so slowly. Thank you for all the aids that are coming in from your respective countries. I will try to update you if there is anything major to report to as I am constantly monitoring with people there.
     
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  12. xdayv

    xdayv SC Veteran

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    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    The unwavering Filipino spirit.
     
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  13. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Thank you, Dave. I've subscribed to your website for follow-up posts. Thank goodness you and yours are safe and sound. We are with you and I know the world is pulling for you. Keep on doing what you do - with pictures and words.
     
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  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Some great photos of a horrible situation, Dave.
     
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  15. xdayv

    xdayv SC Veteran

    256
    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    Some things to know based on my personal knowledge and information*:
    (I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information but this is based on what I personally know and from the info gathered inside and connections we have which I am in constant coordination.)

    1. Almost all motor-driven mode of transportation were damaged by the flood water including fire trucks. The only viable mode of transportation is by foot and bicycle. However, there are towns who had much lower levels of flood water, their cars and motocycles are running. 2-wheeled transportation is better because it can move easily than the bigger cars.

    2. Looting is everywhere, started in major retails stores in downtown and city proper then to the warehouses. The fear now is it now has been migrated to the residential area in the subdivisions and nearby towns.

    3. The source of looting is not only from the city itself, but from the nearby towns coming and surging in. Military checkpoints have been enforced the other day, let's hope this contains the influx of looters.

    4. Military presence has been augmented in the city. Deployment of military to the residential areas and towns is needed. Various crimes starting to rise including robbery, theft, murder and rape. As of yesterday, 4 batallions have been deployed.

    5. Food has reached to barangay levels as of this moment but still scarce.

    6. Water supply is very scarce, although there are some broken pipes that have water sources but no guarantee from contamination.

    7. Flooded water streets are contaminated with dirt, rust and dead bodies.

    8. Dead bloated bodies must be cleaned up, there already started to do so, but it still needs to be augmented.

    9. Major road networks have blockage of wreckage and dead bodies that exponentially slows down the flow of traffic especially the influx of relief goods.

    10. Major cell cites are operational but with limited coverage.

    11. No electric power but there are some major installations like headquarters and city hall that have generator that people can charge their mobile phones.

    12. Curfews have been implemented since the other day in order to maintain peace and order.

    13. Doctors and rescue volunteers have started to operate, but still lacking. Better than none. Supply of vital medicines are limited.
     
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  16. xdayv

    xdayv SC Veteran

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    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    The Exodus, Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan - November 11, 2013 1730hrs...
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    (sidenote: just noticed some weird jpeg compression artifacts on my embedded photos here, i have contacted my hosting site re: this)
     
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  17. xdayv

    xdayv SC Veteran

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    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
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  18. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Would you say from your experience that help is getting through? I realize that this is a very broad question but whatever personal knowledge you have would be appreciated, Dave.

    Thank you for continuing to update this thread with your photographs.
     
  19. xdayv

    xdayv SC Veteran

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    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    BB, it is getting through, but I worry the outskirts and nearby towns. I'll definitely keep you posted as I will be going back this week.
     
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